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CHS is a Professional Learning Community...


Community High School...

A Professional Learning Community

Community High School is located in the newly renovated Butcher Educational Center building
Butcher Community Center is fast becoming a Professional Learning Community (PLC). We began this process in the fall of 2005. Alternative education teachers are working together daily to assure that all students are learning. We have changed the culture of our school from the focus being on teaching to that of learning, working in isolation to working collaboratively, and everyone holding ourselves accountable for results.

Community High School teachers focus weekly discussions on four questions that must be answered:
  • What do we want each student to learn?
  • How will we know when each student has learned it?
  • How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?
  • What do we do if they already know the material?
Using technology - PowerPoint & large screen projection - to effectively communicate how to amend the U.S. Constitution...the lesson combines math and reading skills.

A student uses Inspiration concept-mapping software to brainstorm for a writing assignment. The assignment idea comes from a writing prompt obtained online
Community High School staff members look for students who have difficulty learning and respond by designing strategies to ensure that the struggling students receive additional time and support no matter who their teacher is. These responses must be:
  • Timely
  • Based on intervention rather than remediation
  • Directive

PLC Mondays are a time for collaboration between our staff members to work toward the four questions above. These 45 minute time periods are prescriptive in nature. Staff produce specific results each week. There is no time for us to waste in our quest to meet state and federal guidelines toward our Annual Yearly Progress. All students are important in our quest and all staff members must participate at a high level in order to be successful. The 2006-2007 school year will be a tremendous learning experience for all of us, but our focus is to continue to build a collaborative culture, all the while focusing on Student Achievement.

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